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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Iowa State sent another loud, clear and very strong message at the Sprint Center on Saturday night, its biggest thus far during a season that, quite honestly, may have its best moment yet to come.
Cyclones 78, Kansas 66, in the Big 12 Conference championship game.
Make room for another trophy, and this one just might be the most impressive of the previous five.
You probably thought Iowa State’s men’s basketball season was, for all practical purposes, a lost cause while it suffered through that late-season drought. You probably thought the Big 12 tournament would be a one-and-done affair.
Steve Prohm’s gritty and determined guys proved doubters wrong again.
The conference’s tournament title is back in Ames.
First Baylor. Then Kansas State. And Saturday, it was Kansas, before one of the noisier crowds to ever watch a Big 12 title game.
The Cyclones enter NCAA Selection Sunday with 23 wins, and three impressive victories in a row. If they play like they did during this tournament, can anyone say Sweet 16?
After Thursday’s game, Baylor coach Scott Drew used “Cyclones” and “Final Four” in the same sentence.
Iowa State controlled this one from the tip, outplaying the third-seeded Jayhawks on both ends of the floor not only with enthusiastic hustle, but solid playing.
The Cyclones led 32-22 at the break, after a first 20 minutes that included guards Nick Weiler-Babb and Lindell Wiginton combining for nine rebounds.
Kansas’ Dedric Lawson, on fire recently from 3-point range, didn’t even get one off in the first half. That’s how well Iowa State played on the defensive end.
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The early post play was solid, too, considering Mike Jacobson got two early fouls and played just nine first-half minutes. The combination of Cam Lard and George Conditt saw to it that the Cyclones didn’t skip a beat. They combined for six rebounds, two blocked shots and many shot alterations during their replacement stints.
That’s nothing; Iowa State’s early second half included a 7-0 scoring binge, a 39-24 lead and Bill Self calling a timeout — just 2:01 after intermission.
The Jayhawks regrouped. They cut the Cyclones’ lead to 10 points before freshman Tyrese Haliburton splashed a long 3-pointer from in front of Iowa State’s bench.
There were questions about how much energy the Cyclones had, after playing so hard in the first two games. That was the concern among fans hanging out Saturday afternoon at the trendy Power and Light District.
People have wondered a lot about this upwardly trending team, like how far Prohm’s guys can go in the NCAA Tournament, if they string together games like they did in Kansas City.